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Academic Success Programs

Do I need to return my iPad at the end of the Virtual Summer Bridge Program?

No. The device is yours to keep. Unfortunately, if the device is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced — so take care of it!

Academic Success Programs, Summer Bridge Program

Do I need to return my iPad at the end of the Virtual Summer Bridge Program?

No. The device is yours to keep. Unfortunately, if the device is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced — so take care of it!

Will I be given a grade or credit for participating in the Virtual Summer Bridge Program?

Since this is an enrichment program, you will not receive grades or credits for the summer courses. However, there will be a written evaluation shared with each student at the conclusion of the Virtual Summer Bridge Program that will review strengths and growth areas.

Do I need to create a Zoom account?

Yes, you are required to have a Zoom account to access our online class and tutoring sessions. Please sign up for a free Zoom account.

Can I work or attend non-Columbia events during the Virtual Summer Bridge Program?

The Virtual Summer Bridge Program is a requirement of your admission agreement. We ask that you do not schedule any major personal, work or travel commitments during the five-week program that would interfere with any of the program's planned events. There is a full itinerary of activities for the weekdays, including classes, tutoring sessions, workshops and other events.

Please note that the summer earnings expectation in your financial aid package has been waived for your first year to facilitate your participation in the Academic Success Programs.

 
Is there a cost to the Virtual Summer Bridge Program?

No. Columbia will cover all major program expenses, including brand-new iPads that will be sent to each student. Electronic versions of all textbooks will also be provided to all students, pre-loaded into these iPads.

What will my class schedule be like?

Please review this sample weekly schedule. Classes will be synchronous online sessions taught by our experienced instructors. Monday–Friday during the program, Columbia College students will take introductory courses in Literature Humanities, University Writing, Psychology and Calculus or Statistics. Columbia Engineering students will take Chemistry, Physics, Calculus and University Writing.

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